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Trail talk: “Camp the Outward Bound way- and laugh at the weather”

“it’s lightness, weather-soundness, cheapness and a shelter he can make anywhere that is of most use to the young adventurer today. And the more he sleeps out, the more equipment he’ll be able to dispense with to travel with the minimum”

Anthony Greenbank
Page one of 1963 article in Eagle annual

The Eagle comic was published from 1950 to 1969, and was then relaunched in 1982, published until 1994. It was most famous for containing the thrilling adventures of Dan Dare. The first Eagle Annual was published from 1951 to 1975, and then 1983 -1992. The annuals achieved iconic status- Kenny Everett chose an Eagle Annual as his book when he appeared on Desert Island Discs.

Number 12 Eagle Annual cost 10 shillings and sixpence when new. Published in 1963, it included stories, adventure comic strips (including Dan Dare) and articles of interest to young boys (and girls) such as true life adventures and hobbies. One of the latter was a four page article on how to “Camp the Outward Bound way- and laugh at the weather” written by Yorkshireman and Outward Bound instructor Anthony Greenbank.

Tony authored many books and contributed to Boys Own PaperGirl AnnualBoys’ World Annual and the Daily Mirror Book for Boys. He also wrote a ‘Country Diary’ feature in The Guardian. He died in 2020 aged 86. This 1963 piece is an interesting instructional article from some sixty years ago.

Eagle Annual - 1963
Eagle Annual – 1963

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